Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for professionals

The filter and search function on this page allows you to refine down the full list of guidance that we provide for professionals to find specific items. Common searches for the HTA codes of practice and standards, licensing, fees and inspection information or for specific information for each of our regulated sectors can be found using the menu items above.

The HTA traceability licensing standards aim to ensure that procedures to identify the deceased are robust. This is important to protect the dignity of the deceased.
  • Mortuaries
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
  • Traceability
Incidents or near-miss incidents – what we have learned:
  • Mortuaries
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
  • Traceability
Issued 21 October 2020Notice for •    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector •    Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector ScopeThis alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information about a recent case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an individual in the Netherlands.Please circulate...
  • Tissue and cell donation
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Human application
HTA-licensed establishments in the Post Mortem sector should have documented contingency plans in place to prepare for winter pressures.
  • HTA Reportable Incident (HTARI)
  • Mortuaries
  • Post mortem
  • Traceability
Guidance that all Organ Donation and Transplantation sector establishments must follow
  • Deceased donation
  • EU Organ Donation Directive
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Organ donation
Information on HTA licence fees can be found on this page
  • Fees
  • Licensing
Issued 17 February 2021Notice for •    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector  ScopeThe HTA has issued this alert to all UK establishments that handle human tissues and cells for human application to raise awareness of the potential contamination risks to cryopreserved stem cells.Please circulate this information to staff within your...
  • Human application
Guidance on HTA virtual assessments
  • Inspection
  • General inspection
Information on HTA licence forms for establishments working with human tissues and cells for human application
  • Human application
  • Import and export
  • General licensing

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